Language is the vessel through the knowledge and wisdom is passed on from one generation to another. Slang has flourished in the modern society. This is very notable in music and the film industry. Usually, the decadence of language serves as an indicator for the increase in the level of ignorance of a people.
When you look closely at any cloth, you see the fabric that it is made of. Similarly, a close introspection into the existence of a language will reveal to you that all language originates from enlightenment. Language is the highest attainment of any civilization since everything else including trade and material progress have roots in language.
Thus in the modern world it is easy to observe that slang is an avoidable evil in society where the kids born that grow up are forced to embrace the new but incredibly low in value slang language. Ideally, language is supposed to be used to communicate the intricate aspects of human life and feelings. Hence, the reduction in reverence for a pure method of communication in a society is but a far cry for a forgotten art – Enlightenment.
I shall share some words from the work of Ambrose Bierce, where he seeks to illustrate how mankind corrupts language in order to justify his evils and lack for enlightenment. Kindly note that Ambrose highlights what people actually mean, in the back of their minds, when they use certain words as opposed to the colorful meanings they profess in the dictionaries, encyclopedias and scripture.
Man, as we know him is a subtly evil being that oftentimes say what he does not do and does what he says not. In his spiritual sleep, he is usually willing to embrace any interpretations (by his fellow ‘sleeps-men’), however idiotic, that will fit with his comfort zone, and he is always willing to sacrifice any principle, however sound or enlightened, that will make his ignorance look like wisdom. Enjoy.
Humor: The Devil’s Dictionary
1. Slang, n. The grunt of the human hog (Pignoramus intolerabilis) with an audible memory. The speech of one who utters with his tongue what he thinks with his ear, and feels the pride of a creator in accomplishing the feat of a parrot. A means (under Providence) of setting up as a wit without a capital of sense.
2. Indifferent adj. Imperfectly sensible to distinctions among things.
“You tiresome man!” cried Philip’s wife,
“You’ve grown indifferent to all in life.”
“Indifferent?” he drawled with a slow smile;
“I would be, dear, but it is not worthwhile.”
Apuleius M. Gokul.
3. Interpreter, n. One who enables two persons of different languages to understand each other by repeating to each what it would have been to the interpreter’s advantage for the other to have said.
4. King, n. A male person commonly known in America as a “crowned head,” although he never wears a crown and has usually no head to speak of.
A king, in times long, long gone by,
Said to his lazy jester:
“If I were you and you were I
My moments merrily would fly—
No care nor grief to pester.”
“The reason, Sire, that you would thrive,”
The fool said—”if you’ll hear it—
Is that of all the fools alive?
Who own you for their sovereign, I’ve
The most forgiving spirit.”